Falcon Island won at Taunton last time and had clearly come on for his reappearance at Chepstow where he finished a long way behind EDUCATED EVANS. The latter scored readily on that occasion and an 11lb rise may not be enough to prevent Nigel Twiston-Davies charge following up. Be Definite also produced an improved effort when second at Chepstow earlier this month, while Silver Roque showed some promise on his first start over fences at Ludlow on his comeback. Prince Buster, Carabinier and Sollim all make their chasing debuts although the latter has a fitness advantage and makes most appeal of that trio.
Prince Buster (FR) 12-1 (11-2) Raced keenly, tracked leaders, headway to lead 5th, headed 4 out, every chance 2 out, soon ridden, one pace and lost 2nd last, no extra, 3rd of 9, 10l behind Lush Life (11-2) at Ascot 2m nov hdl (3) gs in Feb '10.
Falcon Island 7-4 (11-1) Made all, clear 2nd until after 5th, went left last, ridden out, won at Taunton 2m beg chs (4) gf beating Hes Our Lad (11-1) by 3 1/2l, 4 ran.
Educated Evans (IRE) 4-1fav (10-11) Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway on inside after 7th, challenged 4 out, led before next, clear 2 out, eased towards finish, won at Chepstow 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Oct beating Darenjan (11-5) by 6l, 12 ran.
Sollim (FR) 8-11fav (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway from 5 out, challenged 2 out, every chance last, kept on and held last 150 yards, 2nd of 15, 2l behind Lamps (11-0) at Chepstow 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy.
Be Definite (IRE) 6-1 (11-1) Close up, chased winner before 5 out until 4 out, regain 2nd after last, no impression on winner, 2nd of 7, 5l behind Renard (11-1) at Chepstow 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy.
Carabinier (FR) 7-2 (11-5) Prominent, hit 4 out, ridden and weakened before last, 4th of 9, 15l behind Geneva Geyser (11-5) at Worcester 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jul.
Arctic Ben (IRE) 11-8 (11-2) Held up in last, pulled hard and sometimes jumped left, headway to lead when not fluent 5th, hanging badly left and headed after 3 out, soon 4th and eased, got going again after last and nearly snatched 2nd, no chance with winner, 3rd of 5, 17l behind Milgen Bay (11-2) at Towcester 2m mdn chs (5) gd.
Silver Roque (FR) 14-1 (11-2) Held up in touch, soon chased leading pair, chased winner before last, no impression, 2nd of 7, 11l behind Cucumber Run (11-2) at Ludlow 2m 4f beg chs (4) gd.